Friday, August 28th 2015

1 Deadly Fat Now Officially Banned by the FDA

This week has flashed by at high speed as I work, what seems like non-stop, to get SCULPTAFIT location #1 open by late November (early photos coming soon)... It’s like putting together a HUGE puzzle - the only difference is I’m creating the pieces as I put this whole thing together…

Very fulfilling - but very demanding. And I want to let you know how much I appreciate you following along. Even from a distance - it’s energizing to know you’re pulling for me and supporting the big dream… So I THANK YOU!

Ok - onto the FDA Ban of Trans-Fats:

In June the FDA announced that food manufacturers have until June 2018 to remove the primary source of trans-fats, PHO’s (partially hydrogenated oils), from their products. (and there are THOUSANDS of them).

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photo credit: Mykl Roventine via Flickr

That’s over 2.5 years. Crazy but true. But it “must” be done because the FDA estimates this ban will save $140 BILLION in health care costs, just in the USA alone - over the next 20 years.

That’s a good indication of how damaging this evil ingredient is. Sad it took so long for all this to come to light.

The reasons for the ban? Here you go:

1 - they increase your bad cholesterol (the LDL’s)

2 - they lower your good cholesterol (the HDL’s)

3 - they are suspected to cause inflammtion

4 - they may lead to heart attacks and strokes

5 - they are linked to type-2 diabetes

6 - AND - they cause problems with memory and cognitive function

I strongly believe they also do MUCH more damage than that - but we’ll save that for another day.

Now - it’s VERY important to understand - this trans-fat “ban” doesn’t mean all will be fine and healthy - because the trans-fats will most likely be replaced with other risky fat ingredients, such as; palm kernel oil (high in saturated fat - and raises bad cholesterol levels)...

Genetically modified soybean oils will also become an alternative. Experts say these GMO oils may lead to a host of health problems and cause environmental issues. And what’s worse is that, as of now, these don’t have to be labeled as ‘GMOs’ - so people won’t even know this because GMO status won’t be on the label.

So, if the ban only means it will be replaced by other unhealthy alternatives - then what is one to do?

The answer is simple:

1 - Most of the processed foods that trans-fats go into - shouldn’t even be included in the “health and fitness lifestyle”.

2 - Those types of foods should basically be seen for what they are. Garbage. And banned from your own nutrition plan.

3 - The key is to focus on what you CAN and SHOULD be eating…. Foods and ingredients that are in line with your personal health and fitness goals. Simple.

4 - If you value your life - and you want to live as long and healthy as possible - don’t put foods in your body that are proven to cause disease, age you faster - and cause premature death.

5 - Now remember - the good fats are actually necessary for optimal health, performance and function. Fats such as organic extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil…. These are life-enhancers!! They cause lots of GOOD things to happen inside us.

And despite the old myth of fatty foods causing excess body fat - that’s only half true. Because there are (healthy) fatty foods that actually help us BURN OFF unwanted, excess body-fat and flab…

The top 7 are covered in this Freebie e-Guide:

7 Fatty Foods that FIGHT Belly-Flab and Body-Fat

Please share today’s email about the FDA ban and the 7 Fatty Foods e-Guide with your friends, family and co-workers. The simplest gesture can make the most powerful impact on someone’s life. Don’t underestimate that.

Your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

ps - I’m hoping to share some photos of SCULPTAFIT studio location #1 at some point in the next week or so. If all goes to plan - we should have something “on the map” very soon. Plus I have a few other "top secret" photos and items I’m looking forward to sharing with you. :-)

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Saturday, August 15th 2015

Please Help Pick the Specific Name for the New Fitness Studios

First I want to thank you for helping me with this. Your input is MUCH appreciated!! If you've been following along for the first half of this year, you already know I'm hard at work, gearing up to open a very unique and special group fitness studio, for women only - by December. There are so many pieces of the puzzle to pull together, my brain is working 24/7... One of the things you can help with today is with the finalizing of the name. (Once I have this - I'll be sharing the next round of logos, so you can help me choose which one is ideal). The 'SCULPTABODY' direction was obvious after the last blog post about the name several months ago - and now it's time to fine-tune it... So, here are 3 variations. Please read them each a few times, and even say them out loud to yourself... And as you do this - it's important to keep in mind who the studios, and the method, will serve: That will be middle-aged women - in the 30 - 50/55yo range. (NOTE: women outside this age rage are also WELCOME to be a part of 'the movement') Ok - here are the choices (and remember - the aim is to open many of these studios - not just one :-) Simply copy and paste the name you love the most - and add just a sentence or two about WHY you love the one you chose. And just type it into the comment box below...  

SCULPTABODY Fitness

The Method for Women ----------------------------------------------------  

SCULPTABODY-FIT

The Method for Women ----------------------------------------------------  

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The Method for Women ---------------------------------------------------- Again, just copy and paste the name you love the most - and add just a sentence or two about WHY you love the one you chose. And just type it into the comment box below... THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE! Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Saturday, August 8th 2015

Your Story Will Change Lives In Profound Ways

Please read this carefully: It’s possible you may have missed this request in the past few months - so I’m dedicating this post - for this specific purpose: I’m “full-steam ahead” with opening the first official SCULPTABODY Fitness for Women location in the next few months, (aiming to be open by December 1st, the latest)... Location #1 will be in a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida - called, Saint Johns. (32259 is the primary zip code). I'll be sharing photos and video clips as things progress... But this is where you can help: One of the key elements I need for the new SCULPTABODY Studio website, is a handful of inspirational success stories. I already have several - but I would LOVE a few more... So, this is an open call for 3 more “Joey Atlas Ambassadors” who are happy to share their success story, along with before and after photos (just like Glenna and Kathleen have, below)... The reason for this is to show proof of the effectiveness of my unique methods for women. So, in full disclosure - this will by no means be an attempt to deceive any new potential clients of the new studios - but rather to simply support and enhance the credibility of “Joey Atlas - the creator and founder of SCULPTABODY Fitness for Women”, and the effectivenss of my “low-intensity”, highly-focused methods for women.

Joey Atlas Ambassador: Kathleen

Kathleen before and after for blog post
In essence - we just want to show new potential clients how I’ve been able to help you, long-distance, via my online programs, books and dvds… and blog, of course :-) And also - just as important - will be how your story SHOWS them what they can also achieve by taking the proper actions, cultivating the proper mindset - and living with healthy intent. So, to wrap up - I’ll ask you (in a very loving way :-) - to please post below - and let me know you have a powerful ‘before and after’ story to share with other women - and want to be a “Joey Atlas Ambassador” to help fuel the launch of SCULPTABODY Fitness for Women.

Joey Atlas Ambassador: Glenna

Glenna Before and After for blog
And remember - the superficial/visual “before and after” changes are only one aspect of reaching your best potential... We look to the outside improvements as an indicator of what is also improving “beneath the surface”. (read that sentence again - very important). So, I also want to hear about the other ways you’ve improved; such as - your mindset, your energy, your moods, your health profile, libido, etc.. Anything you’ve noticed that has improved - is fair game :-) I’ll reach out to you directly via your post below - so you can be brief in your first response below - or you can include as many details as you wish. You can also post photos, if you want to, by clicking on the little photo icon under your comment box, as you’re typing. Or you can send those to me directly at a later time - via email. Now - since this is a slow time of year - and not many people are checking emails, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, where many people are taking their late-Summer vacations - I’ll probably send this post out at least one more time over the next week or two. Thanking you in advance... Your trainer for life, - Joey Atlas PS - also let me know if you think it’s a good idea for me to start an Instagram page, so I can share other little bits of info and inspiration, with you, in a faster, easier way.

PPS - if you have any questions about today's blog post - PLEASE post below :-)

Saturday, July 25th 2015

Joey’s Super-Natural Chocolate Mousse

One of the biggest challenges most people face when making a nutritional lifestyle/mindset shift is the idea of "giving up desserts"... Well, truth is - that's not an excuse or an obstacle any more - for 2 reasons: 1 - There are so many ways to make incredibly healthy desserts, that not only taste better than "regular" desserts - but also deliver a magnitude of nutrient values that the "other" stuff can't even come close to. 2 - And if you want some of the "really bad" regular desserts - you can still sneak some in here and there, as long as the rest of your fitness and nutrition habits are "in the right zone". It really all depends on where you're at in regards to your lifetime journey of wellness, and living to the max... more specifically, how far you've evolved. But - today we focus on reason #1 =>> "so many ways to make incredibly healthy desserts" First - let me share the story of how I created this delicious masterpiece. If you remember when I shared my Unique Super-Power Coffee Recipe a few months ago in this blog post - the cacao powder I showed is the one I use after replacing the former when it was out of stock. That former brand had a D-lish looking recipe for natural chocolate mousse on the back. So, I saved the bag, ordered the ingredients from Amazon (see links below via recipe list)... And eventually got around to actually making this mind & body pleaser. BUT - I did it with a few mild 'Atlas Tweaks' to make it even better for me and you! Below is the version that is guaranteed to knock your socks off. You'll see what I mean when you try it for yourself :-) We all know - when you have the right tools - it's MUCH easier to get the right results... So, to make sure I nailed this recipe on the first shot, I bought the Ninja Master Prep (HIGHLY recommended) for food & dessert recipes, just like the one I'm sharing with you today... (you should be able to use an old-school blender - and a decent food processor should do the job too). - 6 Tbsp Organic Cacao Powder - 2 Cups Organic Cashews (Raw or Roasted) - 4 Tbsp Organic Coconut Sugar - 1 Tbsp Organic Stevia Powder - 4 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil - ½ tsp Organic Vanilla Bean Powder - 2 cups Organic Almond Milk - 1 Heavy Pinch of Sea-Salt Step 1: Blend almond milk and cashews in food processor, or blender, until smooth. Use rubber spatula or spoon (while motor is ‘off’) to mix evenly - and then blend a bit more for even consistency. Step 2: Add rest of ingredients and blend on slow speed until mixture becomes silky smooth. Again - Use rubber spatula or spoon (while motor is ‘off’) to mix evenly - and then blend a bit more for even consistency. Step 3: Take a secret taste to “make sure it tastes good”. Then refrigerate overnight to have for snack or dessert the next day. This wouldn't be complete without a few photos...

This is a double batch that Joey Jr (Joe) actually made last week. (I only stepped in to give it the official Atlas Touch - and snap these photos.)

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Here it is - just before putting it into the refrigerator to chill for a bit:

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I'm aiming to shoot the video next time I make this amazing dessert... In the meantime, let me know how you like it, after you've had a chance to make it - and let me know if you have any questions, comments or thoughts in the box below... You know I love hearing from you! Your trainer for life, Joey ps - If you like the recipe I've shared with you today, then you'll love what Belinda Benn has put together at www.MostSinfullyHealthyFoods.com There are 3 main recipe books (all with stunning photos) you'll find there. They are: 1 - The Sinfully Healthy Gourmet Cookbook 2 - The Sinfully Healthy Cupcakes Cookbook 3 - The Sinfully Healthy Christmas Treats and Sweets PPS - and don't forget to share today's recipe post with all your friends, by using the buttons below - or any other way you wish to pass it along. The more you share - the more of these I can create :-)
Saturday, June 13th 2015

The #1 Oil I Always Have On Hand

The #1 oil I always have on hand is... COCONUT OIL I'll share why in a second. But please know - this is in addition to my long-time staple: extra virgin olive oil (organic) - and a few other unique oils I'll share with you in the future. But for now - some key points on coconut oil... While J. Carney of 'The Alternative Daily' goes into full and complete details in Coconut Oil Secrets - I'll share some of my own "reasons why" here... 1 - It's an amazing alternative to butter. Don't misunderstand me here though. Butter can still be a healthy part of a well structured nutrition plan. It's when it gets overused, with the wrong foods, in the wrong recipes - and gets consumed FAR TOO MUCH, where it creates problems. So, when I do want some variety - I simply use coconut oil where I would use butter. On steamed cauliflower, or broccoli - for example. 2 - For roasting carrots and brussel sprouts. Since it is a "high heat" oil - it is perfect for longer cooking periods, such as when roasting. Add some sea-salt and black pepper and you end up with.... YUM! 3 - As a natural, high-strength moisturizer. my hands spend lots of time in the water. Between making salads, rinsing veggies & fruits - and ocean activities - my hands get very dry. So several times a day - and then before bed - I give my hands a good dose of coconut oil, rubbed in thoroughly. It works EXTREMELY well and has a pleasant smell, as well. Here's a photo of me showing my appreciation of coconut oil:
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Here's a photo of my part-time office assistant (and daughter :-), just after her shower, with our big jars of coconut oil:
joeys office assistant helping with coconut oil post
Here's a close-up of the label:
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"Where can I get this specific coconut oil, Joey?"

I knew you'd ask that :-) If you're a member of Costco - you should be able to get it there as that is where I usually get mine. And you can always hit the "easy" button and just have Amazon ship it to you via this link. Of course - aim to get 'organic' - and keep in mind there are more good brands on the market - so depending on which country you live in - your selection may vary. If coconut oil is new to you, at least give it a try - as it is one more thing you'll be doing to enhance your fitness, strengthen your wellness and improve your quality of life. If you want to go deeper on the info side of coconut oil - I highly recommend J Carney's, Coconut Oil Secrets. Any thoughts, comments or stories about coconut oil? If so, I'd love to hear. So PLEASE post below. Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas